Cory Mac Ready for Gatornationals (Top Fuel)

Cory McClenathan is fresh from his win at the ATSCO Nationals at Firebird International Raceway last weekend where Cory took the McDonald's Joe Gibbs Racing top fuel car to a new NHRA speed record of 322.92 mph. McClenathan defeated second ...

Cory McClenathan is fresh from his win at the ATSCO Nationals at Firebird International Raceway last weekend where Cory took the McDonald's Joe Gibbs Racing top fuel car to a new NHRA speed record of 322.92 mph. McClenathan defeated second generation driver, Tony Schumacher in the first round on the way to setting the new speed record.

In defeating Jim Head in the final round, the McDonalds car ran 319.71 mph to back up the record.

"We're not used to getting off to this good of a start" Cory remarked when asked about his victory in the second of 22 national events this season. "We just want to be consistent at this point".

Does that mean that the McDonalds dragster won't be looking for more big numbers as the tour heads into Gainesville, Fla. for the Gatornationals on March 5th?

"I'd like to see the car run where it did at Phoenix, or a little faster" McClenathan said.

Cory has a hard time hiding his enthusiasm when he talks about the speed of the cars. "The escalating speeds are awesome. If we get some good weather, good track conditions, I think we'll see 326 this season. I think it will be an awesome feeling".

On slowing the cars down, Cory said "They'd like to get us down to around 310 for better side by side racing." But it's obvious that Cory enjoys the ride on the top end of a really fast run. "The last couple hundred feet are a real kick in the butt. The car picks up speed, the wheels come off the ground an inch or two. If you're side by side, you pull away from the other car just before you pull the chute. It's awesome."

McClenathan says he's looking to be consistent, and stay focused, for the Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla., but don't be surprised if the McDonalds top fueler puts more big numbers up on the board. Cory Mac has the need for speed.

David Reininger - Motorsport News International

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan , Cory Mac